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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Theresa May's Brexit Plan: I Want, I Want, I Want

Theresa May's Brexit Plan: I Want, I Want, I Want

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 18, 2017

Theresa May wanted to show a friendly yet tough face to her country's European allies. But her Brexit speech showed one thing above all: The British prime minister is blind to reality. A Commentary by Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Web of Dependencies: A Whiff of Corruption in Orbán's Hungary

Web of Dependencies: A Whiff of Corruption in Orbán's Hungary

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 17, 2017

In order to consolidate his power, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is creating a corrupt oligarchy in Hungary. He's also letting his family and friends in on the lucrative action. By Jan Puhl more... Comment ]


Brexit Confusion: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

Brexit Confusion: A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2017

Six months after the EU referendum, the government in Britain still has no plan for leaving the bloc. What does Brexit really mean? By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Juncker's Right-Hand Man: The Most Powerful Bureaucrat in EU History?

Juncker's Right-Hand Man: The Most Powerful Bureaucrat in EU History?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2017

Martin Selmayr, cabinet chief for EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, wields tremendous power in Brussels. That is not to everyone's liking. By Peter Müller more... Comment ]


Angry Majority: Poland after a Year of Populist Rule

Angry Majority: Poland after a Year of Populist Rule

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2016

The national-conservative Law and Justice party has been in power in Poland for a year. Its anti-EU message has resonated in the country even though leaving the bloc isn't really an option. State control, meanwhile, is expanding. By Ralf Hoppe and Jan Puhl more... Comment ]

Italian Leader Steps Down: Day of Reckoning for Renzi

Italian Leader Steps Down: Day of Reckoning for Renzi

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi failed to get the result he wanted in a critical referendum on Sunday. With the announcement of his intention to resign, Italy and Europe face storms ahead. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]


Renzi's High Stakes Poker: Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

Renzi's High Stakes Poker: Europe Holds Its Breath Ahead of Italian Vote

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2016

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi may be facing defeat in a game of high-stakes poker with the electorate. If the Dec. 4 constitutional referendum fails, there are dark clouds on the horizon for Europe's future. The country is in poor economic shape and financial markets are alarmed. By Martin Hesse, Walter Mayr, Peter Müller and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

Schulz Heads to Berlin: The Man Who Could Shake Up German Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2016

European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced this week that he is moving to Berlin to assume a role on the national political stage. Many believe he would make a strong contender for chancellor for the center-left Social Democrats. But one man stands in his way -- a friend. By Markus Feldenkirchen and Horand Knaup more... Comment ]


Britain's Trump Card: Brexit Negotiations Just Got More Complicated

Britain's Trump Card: Brexit Negotiations Just Got More Complicated

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2016

Donald Trump's election in the US has made negotiations over Britain's departure from the EU even more complicated -- and could create added difficulties for German businesses. The prospect of a "hard Brexit" is becoming ever more likely. By Martin Hesse, Peter Müller, Christoph Pauly and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

The End of Power: What Will Remain of Obama's Legacy?

The End of Power: What Will Remain of Obama's Legacy?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2016

Barack Obama is eager to define his legacy before "turning over the keys" to Donald Trump. This week, in his final trip abroad as president, he was in Berlin to visit his close ally Angela Merkel. But what will remain of his tenure in the White House? By Klaus Brinkbäumer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with US President Barack Obama: 'We Could See More and More Divisions'

SPIEGEL Interview with US President Barack Obama: 'We Could See More and More Divisions'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2016

In an exclusive interview with German public broadcaster ARD and DER SPIEGEL, outgoing US President Barack Obama discusses the legacy he has built and his worries about the future of democracy, as well as Donald Trump, the man who will succeed him in office. Interview Conducted by Klaus Brinkbäumer and Sonia Seymour Mikich more... Comment ]